But sometimes it is well worth the challenge because you know you are entrusted with something that the buyer obviously wants and will cherish for a long, long time. Much of the skill lies in knowing when the match will work....in other words: when to say yes.
24" x 36" acrylic and oil on board
Here's a "yes." OK, I'll admit I hestiated because Lisa is a pond expert and her lilies are really precious to her and jokes about Monet notwithstanding I had told her the art world already had enough water lilies in it! But this is her front yard...and honestly it was all up to me as long as I included the rocks and the lily pads and the blooms and the grasses and the white flowers on the grasses and....
See? it's the "as long as" they gets an artist into trouble every darn time!!
But I love a challenge and took some photos and began to play with the idea and slowly it began to fall into place. It is almost finished; it needs some "warming up" and a few other tweaks but so far it has the approval of it's soon-to-be owner. But do you see the white flowers? Me neither. I can't accomodate her on this one as I think it would detract from the pink blooms and the light cast across the scene from the sun. I scratched my head on this and decided if white spider flowers were a deal breaker that artistic integrity was worth breaking the deal over...that or start all over again.
And for the record (in case she reads this) may I state publically that Lisa and her lilies were the perfect clients!!